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Poland Leads U.S. 2-0 in World Cup

June 14, 2002

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DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) _ Emmaneul Olisadebe and Pawel Kryszalowicz scored early to give Poland a 2-0 Lead over the United States in their World Cup soccer match today.

Earnie Stewart returned to the lineup for the United States in Friday’s World Cup game against Poland, replacing DaMarcus Beasley.

The United States was trying to advance to the second round for the first time since 1994. Poland, eliminated after losing its first two games, put in six new starters, including five making their World Cup debuts. Goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek was among those benched.

Other than Stewart, the rest of the starters were unchanged for the Americans, who went with Brad Friedel as goalkeeper; Jeff Agoos and Eddie Pope in central defense; Tony Sanneh at right back; Frankie Hejduk at left back; Claudio Reyna and John O’Brien in the center of the midfield; Landon Donovan at left midfield; Stewart at right midfield; and Clint Mathis and Brian McBride up front.

Donovan played his third position in three games. He was a forward in the 3-2 win over Portugal on June 5 and played right midfield in Stewart’s absence in the 1-1 tie with South Korea. Stewart strained his left groin against the Portuguese.

Beasley, like Donovan just 20, started the first two games.

The Americans could ensure themselves a berth in the second round for the first time since 1994 with a win or a tie against Poland, which already has been eliminated. Even a loss could possibly advance the United States, depending on the result of South Korea’s game against Portugal, which started simultaneously.

If the United States beats Poland, it could finish first in Group D and play Italy on Tuesday, also at Daejeon. If the Americans finish second, they would play regional rival Mexico on Monday at Jeonju.

Poland started Radoslaw Majdan in goal; Tomasz Klos, Jacek Zielinski and Arkadiusz Glowacki at defender; Maciej Murawski and Jacek Krzynowek at defensive midfield; Maciej Zurawski and Marek Kozminski at offensive midfield; and Cezary Kucharski, Pawel Kryszalowicz and Emmanuel Olisadebe at forward.

Majdan, Zielinski, Glowacki, Kucharski and Murawski were making their World Cup debuts.

Dudek, the starter for Liverpool in England’s Premier League, is among Poland’s best-known players. Majdan, who plays for Goztepspor in Turkey, was making just his sixth international appearance.

Glowacki was playing just his third game for Poland. Krzynowek is a teammate of Sanneh’s at FC Nuremberg in Germany.

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